Chrissy Teigen got candid about going under the knife this week. The desires author shared on Instagram that she has undergone buccal fat removal, a cosmetic medical procedure designed to reduce the fullness of the cheeks and add more contour to the face.
“I did that Dr. Diamond buccal fat removal thing here,” Teigen shared on the social media platform, referring to: dr. 90210is famous facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Diamond. “And since I’ve stopped drinking, I’ve really seen the results, and I like it. Yes, I did, what?”
Yahoo Life spoke to dr. Frank Agullo about Teigen’s procedure and shared why some people may want to go under the knife for buccal fat removal.
“Many people have been inspired by Angelina Jolie’s jawline and cheek contour. Removing buccal fat pads is one of the ways to get this look,” he explains. “It helps to turn a round face into a more triangular and sleek aesthetic shape. It can create the shadow effect often created with makeup between the cheek and jawline. The results are often subtle and can be mimicked by brushing your lips.” pucker and suck a little on your cheeks.”
The surgery is a “simple process” that can be completed in less than 30 minutes under local anesthesia.
“The buccal fat pad is a fat sac that fills deep tissue spaces in the cheeks and temporal regions,” he says. “Removal is performed through a small incision in the mouth.”
He notes that “round-faced patients with full cheeks are the best candidates.”
“These patients are often looking for a slimmer, more triangular face shape. The procedure is also indicated in patients seeking more definition of the jawline,” explains Dr. Agullo. “Patients with very little facial fat are not good candidates.”
While some argue that removing buccal fat “makes their faces age faster,” says Dr. Agullo that when it’s done right on ideal candidates, that’s no problem.
As for recovery, it is usually “painless”, with “very small” scars hidden in the mouth. Although swelling of the cheeks is possible, most patients can return to work the next day. However, they are advised not to exercise for two weeks to prevent further swelling.
dr. Agullo notes that when done by a well-certified specialist, complications from buccal fat removal are extremely rare. To prevent infection — which he says can happen with any procedure — patients are given an oral antibiotic.
“Rare and avoidable complications include nerve injuries, which can cause facial asymmetry and damage to the parotid duct,” he says.
While Dr. Agullo charges between $3,000 and $4,000 for the procedure, he notes that it can often be done at much cheaper prices, and some dentists even offer buccal fat removal.
For those who want that snatched look but aren’t interested in a surgical procedure, there are alternatives. Makeup contouring is an option, others are Botox and fillers.
“Botox for mass eaters can also help achieve the look as it reduces the size and prominence of the muscles,” explains Dr. Agullo, adding that this is often combined with buccal fat removal for a more dramatic look. “Fillers can be used in the cheek and jawline for better definition and to camouflage the fullness of the cheeks.”
However, Teigen went for the more permanent solution – and she’s delighted with the results.